Former Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Ana Bailão, took to social media on Monday to announce her new post as Head of Affordable Housing and Public Affairs with Dream Unlimited.
Bailão, who also served as City Councillor for Ward 9 and the Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, is known for her contributions to affordable housing in Toronto.
Over her 12-year career in public office, Bailão was linked to the launch of initiatives like the HousingTO 2020-2030 Housing Action Plan and Housing Now, and was vocal in her support of flexible inclusionary zoning regulations and the adoption of the Garden Suites Bylaw.
Last summer, she brought forward an amendment that would provide exemptions for multiplexes with four or fewer units, in response to a decision by City Council that saw development charges spike by nearly 50%.
Bailão announced her resignation from public office in May 2022, at which time she said, “While I have not yet decided what is next for me, I remain committed to continuing to contribute to our city.”
Now, Bailão's pivot to the private sector bodes well for Toronto-based Dream Unlimited's future involvement in affordable housing development.
“Excited to announce I have joined the incredible team @DreamUltd as Head of Affordable Housing & Public Affairs,” Bailão wrote today in a tweet. “Looking forward to continue working in an area I am deeply passionate about and to work w/ partners including government & non profits to deliver affordable housing.”
Dream Unlimited is one of Canada's leading real estate companies, with 30,000 condominium and purpose-built rental units in the Dream group portfolio, including projects in the development pipeline.